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Kia Sportage Series II Released In Australia
Kia Australia has announced that they will now source the Sportage from Slovakia rather than South Korea.
The great Euro exchange rate has also allowed the company to shave as much as $1500 off the price, making the Sportage “Series II” one of the cheapest crossover vehicles in the segment.
The base front-drive Sportage Si petrol model with manual transmission now comes in at $25,490 plus on-road costs.
That puts it about $2000 cheaper than the likes of the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Ford Kuga and Toyota RAV4. It is also around $1500 less than the Hyundai ix35.
Limited Supply Suffered Sportage Sales In Australia
The manufacturing plant in Korea is simply unable to keep up with the high demand.
The European market, on the other hand, is in decline, leaving plants like the one in Slovakia looking for places to send the vehicles they produce.
That creates something of a perfect storm for Kia Australia.
Sister company Hyundai employed a similar tactic by bringing in some of the ix35 range from Europe.
Kia Motors Australia chief operating officer Tony Barlow, said that the only problem the company has had with the Sportage is meeting the demand. He said that bringing in a consistent supply from Europe makes perfect sense.
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Sportage Series II
The models and price changes are as follows: the front-drive Si ($25,490, or an extra $2000 to get it with a six-speed automatic), and the all-wheel-drive, automatic only SLi and Platinum, now priced from $31,990 (down $1000) and $36,490 (down $510) respectively.
A change in engine comes with the price drop, with the 130kW/227Nm 2.4L engine from the latter pair, being replaced with the Si’s 122kW/197Nm 2.0-litre Theta unit.
Both AWD models have the option of a 135kW/392Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel with automatic for an additional $3500.
The European-made Sportage models are almost identical to the Korean version, with just a few minor differences.
The Euro versions get HID headlamps, static cornering lamps, aero blade front wipers, partial leather seat trims, a rear seat warmer, front wiper de-icer and an Active ECO mode on the diesel automatic.
Both cars look the same from the front and side, but the rear is a little different with a Series II badge.
On the inside, there is leather seat stitch pattern and color, a new headrest design, as well as central locking buttons on driver and passenger doors.
Also included on the Kia Sportage Series II are a lockable glove box and a digital clock, as well as more soft touch materials. [Source: Kia.com.au]
2013 Kia Sportage Pricing (Australia)
– Kia Sportage Series II Si petrol: 2WD, five-speed manual $25,490
– Kia Sportage Series II Si petrol: 2WD, six-speed automatic, $27,490
– Kia Sportage Series II SLi petrol: 4WD, six-speed automatic, $31,990
– Kia Sportage Series II SLi diesel: 4WD, six-speed automatic, $35,490
– Kia Sportage Series II Platinum petrol: 4WD, six-speed automatic, $36,490
– Kia Sportage Series II Platinum diesel: 4WD, six-speed automatic, $39,990